Woolpit play out a draw

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Woolpit 157-8 drew with Horsford 199-4

Woolpit played out a draw with Horsford, who asked to bat, but lost Kaushal Patel (11), bowled by Julian Crudeli.

The home side kept the run-rate down, but took only one more wicket before lunch, Tom Whiteman trapping Luke Caswell (20).

A thunderstorm delayed proceedings after which Nathan Perry Warnes and Matthew Love accelerated before Dudley Spiers caught Love off Mike Jones for 61.

With a further break for rain, Jones’ dismissal of Perry Warnes on 199-4 signalled the declaration after 56 overs.

Woolpit set off to chase down the target, with Ben Shepperson in fluent form until he was caught for 44.

Crudeli was promoted up the order to keep the runs flowing.

But wickets fell regularly at the other end to Ryan Findlay and Christopher Brown, mainly trapped lbw, and, with 45 runs needed off only six overs, Woolpit called off the run chase as they played out the remaining time to secure a draw.

Crudeli’s dismissal for 52 in the final over proved to be academic.

n Woolpit II won at Witham II in Division Four, with James Deeley (50) and Alistair Stewart (41) helping the Suffolk side set their opponents from Essex a target of 209.

Adrian Starling took four wickets as Woolpit bowled Witham out for 198 in reply.

n Woolpit’s second string also thrashed Wivenhoe II on Monday, with Ben Shepperson (3-45) and Barry Collins (2-15) helping reduce Wivenhoe to 137-6 before openers Tom Whiteman (40no) and Shepperson (92no) eased their side to victory.

n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Woolpit’s Sunday first team were indebted to Ed Hopkins (83) and Tom Whiteman (40) helping them to a 121-run win over Mildenhall.

n Woolpit Sunday II were victorious over Risby in Division Four as Tom Feavearyear (37), Ben Gale (27) and Andy Newcombe (21), helped them to 163, Nick Hopton (5-40) preventing a higher total.

Lee Thompson (3-14) and Jonathan Stewart (3-10) ripped through the Risby batting to reduce them to 2-5 before they eventually recovered to 88 all out as Woolpit won easily.

n Woolpit Under-15s recorded a comfortable win over Stowmarket, with Harry Gale (35) and Craig Newcombe (23no) helping their side to 120-1. 

Pick of the bowlers were Tom Chapman (2-4) and Craig Newcombe (2-10).